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Persecution of Christians in America: Teacher Removed for Criticizing Gay Marriage.

MOUNT DORA, FL, August 18, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Mount Dora High School has removed a veteran social-studies teacher Gerald (Jerry) Buell from his classroom for Facebook comments critical of homosexual ‘marriage’. Christopher Patton, Communications Officer for Lake County Schools told LifeSiteNews that Buell was moved to administrative duties pending the results of an investigation into a suspected code of ethics violation.

 

Dear friends,

Americans for Tax Reform stands strongly opposed to H.R. 5175, the DISCLOSE Act, which is expected to come to the House floor this week. We urge all of our members to contact their representatives to urge them to vote no on this blatant attack on free speech.

The DISCLOSE Act targets political speech by subjecting grassroots organizations and corporations to onerous disclosure requirements that make speaking nearly impossible. Curiously, labor unions, which have traditionally been treated the same as corporations in campaign finance governance, are not subject to the same regulation.

The legislation is legally dubious for several reasons; it is a thinly-veiled attempt to stifle politically unfavorable speech. The current language in H.R. 5175 arbitrarily preserves the First Amendment rights of some groups of speakers, while proscribing the same activities for others. This balancing of speech is wholly inconsistent with the notion of political expression ascribed in the Constitution.

The bill’s proponents argue this legislation is needed to curtail the Court’s decision in Citizens United. In fact, the DISCLOSE Act goes far beyond the issues addressed in the opinion, and uses the case as an excuse to strangle speech that was permitted before the Court’s ruling. Such a flagrant assault on these liberties cannot be tolerated.

Thus, I urge you to contact your representatives and tell them to vote NO on H.R. 5175, the DISCLOSE Act.

Tell them to vote no

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